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Carlos Contreras allows two runs, leaves with apparent injury
by R.J. White |

Reds pitcher Carlos Contreras was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

Contreras allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, but appeared to misstep on a pitch and was taken out. Manager Mike Matheny didn't give an update on the pitcher's status after the game.

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Brennan Boesch optioned to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik |

The Angels have optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Wednesday.

Boesch was sent down so that the team could add a pitcher. With Garrett Richards expected to miss time, the club could promote a replacement. Boesch hit .129 over 31 at-bats.

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Trevor Rosenthal earns 37th save Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 37th save Wednesday, walking one while recording the final two outs in his team's 7-3 win over the Reds.

The Cardinals entered the ninth inning up 7-0, but Rosenthal was called up with runners at second and third base and three runs already home. He retired the first batter he faced, issued a walk to load the bases and finished off the game with a ground ball to the shortstop. Rosenthal owns a 3.57 ERA and 74:35 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.

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Salvador Perez to have MRI Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

Royals catcher Salvador Perez will have an MRI on his injured knee Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Perez missed Wednesday's game due to the issue. He complained of knee tightness Monday, but was able to play through the injury Tuesday. Despite the MRI, manager Ned Yost remains adamant that the injury is not serious. 

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Chad Qualls unavailable Wednesday with back issue
by Chris Cwik |

Astros pitcher Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday due to a back injury, according to the Houston Chronicle

Jose Veras picked up the save with Qualls sidelined. Manager Bo Porter said he expects Qualls to be available out of the bullpen Thursday.

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Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Giants
by R.J. White |

Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena 3 for 4 with a triple and a solo home run in his team's 8-3 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

Valbuena led off the second inning with a triple in his first at-bat, but the Cubs recorded back-to-back outs without pushing him across the plate before a two-run home run put the team on the board. Valbuena then delivered a home run of his own in the eighth inning. The third baseman owns a .242/.324/.423 line with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 359 at-bats.

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David DeJesus goes 1 for 4 in rehab start
by Chris Cwik |

Rays outfielder David DeJesus went 1 for 4 during a rehab start Wednesday.

DeJesus served as the designated hitter for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He struck out once during the game. DeJesus has been out since June 18 with a hand injury.

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Chris Valaika slugs first home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Cubs second baseman Chris Valaika went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 8-3 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

It was the first home run of the season for Valaika, who was shifted into the lineup once Starlin Castro was scratched to attend to a family emergency. Valaika owns a .182/.222/.273 line in 33 at-bats.

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Lance Lynn spins seven scoreless innings vs. Reds
by R.J. White |

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn earned a win Wednesday, giving up four hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 7-3 victory over the Reds.

Lynn (14-8) was only at 94 pitches after seven innings, but a weather delay cost him the chance to go deeper into the game. He's surrendered more than two earned runs just once in his last nine starts going back to the beginning of July, and in that off game he only gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Lynn owns a 2.78 ERA and 144:57 K:BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Tuesday.

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Johnny Cueto surrenders five runs in loss vs. Cardinals
by R.J. White |

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was stuck with a loss Wednesday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and four walks in five-plus innings and striking out four in his team's 7-3 defeat against the Cardinals.

Cueto (15-7) had won each of his last five starts before the streak came to a halt Wednesday, when he allowed a three-run double with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and left the bases loaded again the top of the sixth at the time of his removal. It was his worst start since giving up six earned runs on May 20. Cueto owns a 2.24 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 191:53 K:BB ratio in 192 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs Tuesday.

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